Hi! My name is Kristine. I have struggled with depression all my life, and developed an eating disorder my Freshmen year of college. Five years later, I am now a recent college graduate with a degree in Musical and Theatrical Studies, and have been in recovery for nearly 3 years. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, but after relapsing last Fall, I realized in order to help myself and others, I need to reacquaint myself with the tools and methods necessary to continue on my path of recovery.
I’m not an expert, but I’m always looking/finding new ways to help me. Someday, I would love to create some sort of recovery/self-esteem/self-love outlet for people. Specifically, in sustaining recovery. Of course, there’s treatment and therapy to get you on the right path. Both wonderful options for anyone who is struggling. However, I have seen people relapse far too often because they don’t have enough people or tools to support them on their own. I’m incredibly lucky to have a great support system in my family and friends, but not everyone has that. You can’t do it on your own, and when I relapsed last semester, I felt like I had gone through all my available resources. That’s when I realized something needs to be done.
So I’m using this blog not only to reflect on my personal struggles and experiences, but to put the gears in motion, no matter how slowly they’re turning at the present moment. In order to reduce society’s stigmas, I first need to break through the stigmas I have built around myself. Here, through writing, art, and discovery, I hope to remind myself that I am more than a disease.
Please take note that I am not a specialist. I do not have a degree in Psychology or Health & Fitness. I’m just someone who is still learning how to live a life of recovery and happiness. ♥
Lots of love,